Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
Our Psalm for this week may be very familiar, as the first seven verses are traditionally sung in a Matins service. The idea is foundational to Christians. The God who created all things shows himself as the mighty Lord of all and as our hope and salvation. If he is able to create and sustain all things, he is most certainly able to care for his people. Our proper response is to worship him.
The very end of the reading from Psalm 95 calls God’s people not to harden their hearts as they did in our Old Testament reading from Exodus 17. In the presence of the mighty and loving God, why would we doubt or complain? We would do so specifically because of the hardness of our hearts. Rather than trusting and rejoicing in God’s salvation, we want to trust ourselves, and make our own way. Rather than recognizing the unlimited resources of God, we look to our own resources. Rather than gaining from the sinless, clear vision of God, we try to use our vision, cluded as it is. This is folly indeed!
Let us not harden our hearts, but sing with joy to the true Lord who is able to work salvation and do all things by his perfect power.
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